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Ommegang (Abbey Ale) | Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang (Abbey Ale)Ommegang (Abbey Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

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Reviews: 1,719 | Ratings: 4,408
Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle Poured into a glass

A- pours a deep burgundy color with a one-finger foamy white head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge

S- caramalized sugar sweetness with notes of anise, citrus peel, clove, caramel & ripe cherries

T- dry up front with notes of anise, pepper & clove. Mid-palate brings a powdery sugary sweetness, with notes of red cherry & ctrus peel, fruity dry yeast on the finish

M- medium body with moderate champagne-like carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that dances on th tongue before finishing bone dry

O- solid dubbel with a complexity to match some of its Belgian counterparts

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark ruddy hazy colored pour with thin film of tan bubbles. Aroma is complex - lots of malt as expected with tons of dark fruits, plums, raisins, some cocoa, caramel - almost too much for my sensitive sniffer... but in a good way. Flavor is good but not quite as exciting - still malty with some prune and sweetness. Fairly clean finish. Very good, but a little wacky. Still looking for my ideal dubbel.

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Photo of mercmoon
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good, a shade darker than it feels, which is good but it does have a bit of a 'happy' look to it while the darkness is definitely there. Nonetheless quite good.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fascinating. Lots going on here. In a snifter at Fleming's. Half inch head. Lots of carbonation. Layers of tastes, from dark fruit to Caramel to interesting spices. It's a sophisticatrd sipper. But fur since reason, it started to feel a little gimmicky.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unquestionably a great beer, but I have to say that it ages surprisingly poorly for a Belgian-style dubbel on lees. After a year and a half in my cellar, it takes on a slightly cloying, barleywine-like sweetness that tamps down the complexity of the fresher version of this brew. In both old and new bottles, flavors of brown sugar, licorice, strawberries, and other fruity, malty flavors are abundant. It definitely qualifies as the meal-in-a-bottle that a hearty Belgian ale is supposed to be, but leave it around too long and it's more of a rich dessert. Still great, but I prefer it a bit smoother, less sticky.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours hazey reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma dark fruits, brown bread, malty, chocolate. Taste dark fruits, brown sugar, like the nose, very nice.

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Photo of Oldejoe
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks. A golden ruby settling a bit toward brown, with a very frothy head.
Smell. Thin, clean, high in the nose, peachy, grape fruity aroma. Sounds weird, but actually interestingly enticing.
Taste. The familiar Belgian farmhouse flavors (yeast based?) nicely balanced with the malty foundation. Good well-balanced finish also, mildly dry. Not getting any hoppiness anywhere.
Feel. Nice substantial, medium-heavy body and medium sort of sparkle.
Overall. The farmhouse element, which I am not overly keen on, is nicely balanced by the malty body. Not something I want a lot of or often, but a very nice sipping beer in the right occasion.

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Photo of lastmango
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red brown pour two finger tan head and heavy lacing. Nose is strange, not discernible but almost medicinal. Taste is basically malt with limited hops on the end. I am not getting the complexity that others have. Moderate body and carbonation. I am wondering if I just got a bad bottle. Ommegang is usually much better. I will definitely re-test this beer.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm starting to think Dubbel and other Beligian-esque beers aren't just for me. This beer was just too malty for my liking. It was OK once it got to proper serving temperature. But when too cold or too warm, it just tasted funky and not in a good way.

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Photo of Smk54
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful! Pours a beautiful deep golden brown with rich toffee head. Nice aroma with coffee and chocolate notes. Rich creamy flavor. Starts off sweet but goes into dark dried fruit notes. Mild pleasant aftertaste.
This is an outstanding beer. Outside of what I usually drink. I need to get some more!

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Photo of PEESHALEODEJANARO
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this back in Nov 2011 but took notes on it. Just getting around to logging now. nice big ABV. Dark, smokey, want more! Nice feeling on the palate and looks good too.

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Photo of Hudi2
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Honored that this is my first beer review on BA. Was my first dab into this style, I'm generally very committed to my weizenbock and I'm very impressed. Very sweet but not too much, aroma with hints of butterscotch but perhaps something more serious underneath. What blew me away was the finish. Leaves you wanting more. Will come back to this again.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't have much experience with Belgians. Looks great in the glass and pours with a nice head (the one I had was draft). The smell is pleasant but subtle. It foretells what you are about to experience without giving it away. The taste is full and mouth filling. There are a number of individual spices fighting for control but they blend into a nicely balanced pleasant taste with a long finish. I could drink many of these.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm not someone who really likes things. i've usually had better, or can think of something i'd like more than what i've got.

all that changes with this beer. i really love this brew. it's complex and rich and smells good and tastes good. i've used it in cranberry sauce rather than the three philosophers and i've savored the cave-aged version. whatever else is out there, i can always count on this one.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ultra complex, malty, chewy dubbel with big bold flavors. Some
Ingredients may get lost in the mix (cumin??) but there is a nice boozy, comfy feeling when drinking this down.

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Photo of lic217
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: reddish brown, murky, tan head that fades fast
Smell: grapes, and dark fruit
Taste: grapes, sweet, earthy, yeast esters, touch of alcohol
Feel: well carbonated and smooth
Overall: nice beer

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Photo of thepenguin
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: This beer pours a beautiful dark burgundy with some reddish haze, and has a massive pillowy head with excellent retention. A mouthwatering beer to look at.

S: Lots of sweet malt and spices, reminiscent of gingerbread. Really nice spices dominate, with coriander, cumin and anise being the most pronounced. A nice nutty toastiness also comes into play as the beer warms.

T: Following the nose, this beer has a really nice balance of sweet malt and spice. Notes of pepper, coriander, orange peel, bread crust, macadamia nuts, Belgian candi syrup, estery yeast and molasses. Some nice dark fruit: rum-soaked raisons, figs, prunes and dried apricots. A bit of nutty, toasty Belgian malt notes as well. Sweet, pleasant finish.

F: Medium-full body with fairly lively carbonation and a silky palate. Just a hint of warmth but very well tamed, this beer is tremendously drinkable.

O: Truly a cut above the rest: what sets this beer apart from other American dubbels is that it captures the delicious spiciness of the style, and not simply the malt. Incredibly balanced and drinkable, Ommegang once again sets the standard for domestic Belgian-style beers.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

You know this was really good the other night. Had this in the early 2010 craft years and really liked it then. Had forgotten how good this was, and my dislike for Belgians is well known. May grab another single this weekend.

Pretty color, nice little aroma. I like the taste, dark fruits and chocolate, nice malt base. Not much of the annoying Belgian yeast. Smooth and satisfying, this followed 2 Mad Elf, and was alot better than the Elf. Yes this was Belgian style Tuesday, I may only do it once a year but this was good.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my style, but if I have to drink a dubbel, this will be the one. Dark fruits, figs, tart cherry, and some raisin like sweetness. Great balance in dry finish. Just a well crafted beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Do not open this cold! Pours a muddy brown with thick, creamy head. Lots of sticky lacing coats the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, raisins, sweet malt, molasses. Taste is initially bitter, mildly sweet with a medium weight and abrupt finish. Pretty good approximation of the style.

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Photo of JAHWD
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great Brewmanship! I sampled first during a local Octoberfest and was quite pleased with my blind pick. I then decided to grab a growler and do a serious taste. It lasted the whole night. but just barly...
I rate this as thops in this brewers execution. No flaws. as das fres say, it is world class.
Beer is style in balance. Malt. Hops, Water and Yeast. This is true to style with great balance. Perhaps a touch more residual sweetness than I enjoy but, that is the style. The competence the brewer showed in assembling the complete package more than won me over.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip, pours an almost opaque brown with an off white head, a generous three fingers of foam with plenty of lacing as well.

S: Caramel, Sugar, Toffee, and a slight scent of dried fruit

T: Starts with classic sweet malt, fades into some molasses and caramel notes, before finishing with a spicy bite

F: Medium bodied, very smooth

O: My first experience with Dubbels and Ommegang as well, a good first showing, I look forward to their other beers as well now.

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Photo of codekiln
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This seems true to the definition of a Dubbel. Pours a tall head into a four inch snifter, which dissipates quite quickly, "unfortunately, because the Alewife loves to sip head." -- me Alewifie. Steely caramel in the smell and taste! The surface retains the pock-marked creamy foam. Cloudy and dark brown, the carbonation is quite strong. Quite spicy. Tastes like me Aleifie's mom's fruitcake. Quite different than a Tripel! I thought there was a relationship between them before this. Still, I would rather have this than an English Brown Ale or similar full bodied beer any day. The esters rule!

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Photo of MOFALLINGLEAF
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poor a very effervescent 3 finger head, light and tan. Head recedes very quickly with very little lacing. Nice body on this ale.
BODY is a deep amber, with little to no light being able to pass,, dark ruby colors toward the edges.
ON THE NOSE: Nice caramel malts and maple sugars up front, followed by a small nasal bite of cumin. with a finish of licorice.
ON THE PALATE: (for starters, very carbonated) The first thing that hits your palate is the sweet caramel malts, but not too sweet. hints of cherry oak, slight bitterness, and molasses immediately follow. Not getting much of the cumin which it was brewed with, which is disappointing, but it does finish with licorice and dark coffee.
MOUTH-FEEL: very carbonated from beginning to end, with a semi-dry cream finish.

OVERALL: an enjoyable Dubbel Ale. Not as sweet and overwhelming maltiness that I have got from other Dubbel and Abbey Ales. However I didn't enjoy the amount of carbonation fro a drink like this, and the head sadly didn't retain nor pour the usual cream tan head for an abbey ale.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For the style, I don't think it can be done much better. I suppose the taste and feel might be a little more robust than some of the classics of the style. Regardless, this is an exceptional dubbel.

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